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Lights go out and I can't be saved
Tides that I tried to swim against
You've put me down upon my knees
Oh I beg, I beg and plead (singing)
Come out of things unsaid, shoot an apple off my head (and a)
Trouble that can't be named, a tiger's waiting to be tamed (singing)
You are, you are

Confusion never stops, closing walls and ticking clocks (gonna)
Come back and take you home, I could not stop that you now know (singing)
Come out upon my seas, curse missed opportunities (am I)
A part of the cure, or am I part of the disease (singing)

You are [4x] (singing)
You are [2x]
And nothing else compares
Oh no nothing else compares
Oh and nothing else compares

You are [continues in background]
Home, home, where I wanted to go [2x](I went)
Home, home, where I wanted to go (I went)
Home, home, where I wanted to go



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    steve1981Jul 25, 2008 at 2:27 am
    The great thing about all music is that the words can fit anyone's interpretation. One stanza can mean one thing to one person and something completely different to another. It's called "frame of reference." it's why each of us gets into a particular song. Because we can relate, in our own way. I always like to hear years later what the actual motivation was for a group to write a certain song and put a particular sound to it. It's never what I would have thought!
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    UnregisteredJun 13, 2012 at 9:49 pm
    This is one the their best songs ever! To me the name and the lyrics together kind of sound like he wants to stop time or reverse the clocks and figure himself out. The confusion and the chaos are what he was feeling and he wanted to get rid of them. But that's one of the greatest things of most of coldplay's songs: everyone can find their own meaning and inspiration.
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    UnregisteredMar 20, 2012 at 12:48 am
    Coldplay are may favourite band, and their lyrics always have some great significance to people. Each song can be interpreted many different ways and I think that's beautiful. To me the song is about living in the moment and overcoming obstacles life throws at you, but it's not sad. I think it's kind of joyful and wonderous about the difficulties they go through, and they marvel at their failures and sucesses. :)
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    UnregisteredJan 18, 2012 at 1:17 am
    This song means many different things to everyone. There is no point in people saying it has only one meaning, because everyone has a different point of view, no matter how alike or different they are. Let's pretend for a moment that this song is an abstract painting. All the paint splatters, spots, stripes, curves, and colors have different meanings, but they all mean one thing. This may be hard to understand, but not everyone thinks the same. I'm not saying this is the meaning of the song, because it isn't. I'm just speaking my opinion in an artistic way. ;) -viva la vida girl.
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    UnregisteredJan 18, 2012 at 1:02 am
    I think it means anything colplay wants it to mean. To me, it is a song about clocks, time, a desperation. He's trying to push against something bad in life. Hes desperate to go home and he thinks he can't be saved. It says tides I tried to swim against, which I think means he used to go the wrong way in life, and hes regretting it and wanting to back where he belongs, or start over. (no suicidal thoughts intened.) -by zipper head.

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